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Afterwards, continued to fly combat missions, many with 1st Raymond E. "Ray" Holsey as pilot. During September 1942, this B-17 was flown on a few missions by pilot Cecil Knudson with RAAF Pilot Officer Alan Esler as navigator.
During November 1942 transferred to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron. Often flown by pilot Roger Kettleson and ball turret gunner E. P. "Lucky" Stevens.
On November 15, 1942 took off on a bombing mission against Rabaul. Returning, force landed at Batumata Point (roughly halfway between Port Moresby and Milne Bay). Afterwards, repaired and continued flying combat missions.
On May 31, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a combat mission. Intercepted by Japanese fighters, the crew claimed five shot down (in fact, none were lost). Aboard, five of the crew sustained minor wounds. Damaged, this B-17 landed at Dobodura Airfield. Afterwards, repaired and continued flying combat missions.
This B-17 flew combat missions until at least May 1943, often piloted by Lt. Henry Evans.
During early November 1943, one of twelve B-17s transferred to the 54th Troop Carrier Wing, 375th Troop Carrier Group and served as an armed transport. Possibly, this B-17 was nicknamed "Caroline".
On March 1, 1944, one of four B-17 armed transports that took off from Finschafen Airfield including B-17F 41-24420, B-17F 41-24548 and another B-17 made supply runs dropping weapons, ammunition, barbed wire and blood plasma to the U. S. Army 1st Calvary Division that landed on Los Negros Island at Momote Airfield, and strafed enemy positions in the area.
Ferried back to the United States. During June 1945 this B-17 was at Ontario Airfield in California. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
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